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It is our intent to provide an exceptional experience that engages, empowers and encourages all students to reach their highest potential as creative, independent adults. 

Subject Leader: Ms K Gall



In Art we aim to:

  • Develop the full potential of the individual in terms of creativity, imagination, sensitivity and spirituality;
  • Enable the pupils to express themselves effectively and confidently using a wide range of skills and media; 
  • Foster understanding of the place of Art & Design within society and appreciation of the work of artists and designers past and present from their own and other cultures;
  • Provide an experience which will last for life and lead to a desire for further study and development in this subject;
  • Recognise the achievements of the pupils through displays, exhibitions and competitions both inside and outside school.


The importance of Art

Imagination and Creativity.  Children can take their experiences of the world and transform them through art, making new connections and relationships through their inventive minds.  

Expression.  Making pictures allows children to express their feelings and ideas, both as a means of self-expression and to communicate to others.. Older children may use pictures for more conceptual purposes, expressing their concerns and ideas.

Visual thinking.  Pictures encourage us to think about and understand the world visually, instead of restricting learning and the acquisition of knowledge to words and numbers alone. Visual thinking helps children learn other subjects. It is a skill used in a wide variety of professions, including the sciences.

Observational skills.  Making pictures helps children to become observers of detail in the world around them. Developing observational skills through picture-making facilitates the child’s visual sensitivity.

Problem solving and analytical skills.  Pictures enable children to explore and test out ideas, while making decisions on how they choose to depict them. For instance, children will learn problem-solving skills as they grapple with trying to create a three-dimensional scene from the world on a two-dimensional page. With practice, children learn that concentration and persistence allow them to get closer to the pictures they are trying to achieve.

Autonomy.  A child’s picture is his or her own. It has worth in its own right, without having to be measured or judged by others as right or wrong. The child has the authority to say what the picture is of, or what it communicates, building up their confidence and self-esteem.


Students who opt to study art at key stage 4 will complete the AQA GCSE Art and Design course.


Where can studying art take me?

Art can be the starting point for many post 16 careers in design, fine, art, media and education. In this age of fast growing new technology and the internet, it has become much easier to enter the creative professions. New jobs require creative brains. Game design, social media, engineering, illustration and television production - the list is endless. Art id also a great tool for developing creative thinking, every project involved problem solving skills which can be used in all subjects. Lastly, it is a great tool for stress relief and the improvement of well-being. 


Click here to view the Curriculum Map 

Click here to see an online exhibition of GCSE Art and Photography work from our previous pupils 

Art Curriculum at Meols Cop High School complies with the Equality Act 2010, the Special Educational Needs and Disability Regulations 2014 and is accessible for pupil with SEND. Click here to view the SEND Policy. 


Updated December 2021